Kayode Odejayi, who completed a free-transfer move to League 2 Rotherham United last month, was this season’s Colchester United Player Of The Year (Image | Beswicks Sports)

Kayode Odejayi has had a busy couple of months. Since the end of the League 1 season, which proved to be his last of three with Colchester United, the 6’3″ striker has signed a contract with Rotherham United, got married and moved home. Now, with pre-season around the corner, the one-time Nigerian international sits down to talk exclusively to The Armchair Pundits about the season ahead, as well as the club he leaves behind.

Odejayi’s move to Rotherham was met well by fans of both his new and former clubs. Millers fans were excited to see the hard-working former Barnsley man signed to bolster an impressive front line featuring Alex Revell and Daniel Nardiello; Colchester fans mostly wished Odejayi well while praising the performances which saw him named Player of the Year at an awards dinner in May.

TAP was lucky enough to be sat next to Kayode at that event, and once the site was mentioned, the striker was more than happy to put himself forward for interview. It’s taken a little while – as we said, Kay has been pretty busy – but here, in full, is the interview.

(Ed’s note: apologies for the occasionally poor sound quality, I don’t have the software to enhance it.)

Odejayi on…

Rotherham’s prospects of promotion: “The club deserve to be in a higher league, that’s what we’re aiming to do and that’s part of what attracted me to the club – the ambition of the manager and the chairman. Hopefully this season we’ll all realise our ambitions.”

Being named Colchester United’s Official Player of the Year: “I wasn’t expecting that at all, but it was very much appreciated. I can’t really say enough to thank the fans for that.”

His time at Colchester: “The staff down there were excellent, and everything about my time at Colchester – the club, the town – I’ll look back very fondly on that.”

Not scoring more goals for the ‘U’s: “I would have loved to score more goals, but, as a striker, if you’re not scoring you’ve got to look at what else you can bring… I like to think that apart from not scoring the goals, I did everything but. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t score the goals that I, the fans and the club would have liked.”

That goal for Barnsley in the FA Cup against Chelsea: “Just for the magnitude of the goal, and what it meant – it put us into the semi finals of the Cup – it has to be up there [as one of his best-ever goals].”

The rumours suggesting Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs is on his way to join former boss Steve Evans at Rotherham: “That’d be brilliant. We’re all fighting for the same cause, so if it helps Rotherham get where they want to be, I’m all for it.

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